Music Courses & Classes in London

We offer a wide range of piano, singing and instrumental workshops from complete beginners to advanced standard, daytime, evening or weekend. We also offer music theory, music tech, history, choirs, orchestra and jazz ensembles.

Choosing your course

Based in the heart of Covent Garden, we have two Model D Steinway pianos, Yamaha acoustic pianos and two suites of digital pianos. Music students have access to practice rooms for the duration of their course and we use the latest versions of Sibelius, Logic and Max/MSP for our music technology courses.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses. To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

Expert tutors

Our classes are taught by professional performers and practitioners, many of whom also teach at leading London universities and music conservatoires. We also offer advanced piano masterclasses with visiting performers and professors each year. Please refer to individual course outlines for individual staff biographies.

Studying at City Lit

City Lit students have a proud history of learning an instrument or singing from scratch as well as studying more advanced courses such as music theory exams, and preparing for advanced piano diplomas. Many of our jazz students form ensembles together and we frequently organise concerts and recitals in and around Central London.

Find a course

Browse our range of music courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. Sing with confidence

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £90.00
    Concession: £65.00

  2. Prepare for opera

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore classical operatic repertoire in this dynamic workshop with an experienced tutor and a professional accompanist. Learn which styles suit your particular voice-type. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn new repertoire quickly. Break week: 25 May (bank hol).
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. Choral singing for pleasure

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this fun choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so booking early is essential. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Choir at lunchtime

    Choir at lunchtime

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and spend your lunchtime singing. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime! Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £50.00

  5. Keyboard harmony and improvisation for pianists

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your analytical, melodic and harmonic understanding with the help of improvisation, covering a wide variety of styles. You'll become a more confident player as a result. It is possible to join a later module if you have appropriate skills. For players at Grade 5 and above. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Clarinet: advanced workshop and ensembles

    Clarinet advanced workshop and ensembles

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have a minimum of four years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 5 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire, and enjoy some ensemble playing. Offered every term. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. Opera studies 3: operas in production

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Take a look at operas being streamed soon or coming up later in the 2020-21 season, and at standard operatic repertoire. Discuss their composition, context, controversies and style, and then hear the story of the opera through musical examples. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  8. Music theory: counterpoint 3

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Break week 25 May (Bank Holiday).
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. Recorder consorts and ensemble: advanced

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you are already experienced in recorder ensemble playing, join this small, friendly group to look at developing consort playing skills in Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary styles. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  10. Cabaret workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your cabaret performance skills in this lively, engaging workshop. Improve your transitions between speech and song and to create a meaningful cabaret sequence. If you are new to this class you need to be assessed in an advice session. Please click the pink 'start your interview' button on the right, or contact the music department to arrange an appointment. Accompanist: Sarah Kershaw. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £259.00
    Concession: £158.00

  11. Music theory: diploma topics 3

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Consolidate your knowledge of music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. Break week 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Music for film: a history

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Since the earliest silent films, music has been used for atmosphere, character and emotion. We examine the development of specialised film scores and composers for genres from art-house to blockbuster. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Piano/keyboards 2A

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This third year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 1 standard. Improve your technique, fluency of reading and playing, and exploring more complex rhythm patterns. Taught in the digital piano classroom. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  14. Piano/keyboards 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 13 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes. Taught in the digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student. Scheduled break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Piano/keyboards 3A

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fourth year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 2 standard. Improve your hand co-ordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence. Taught in the digital piano classroom. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

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